I’m a creature of habit. That may, or may not, be a surprise to you, but I eat the same breakfast every morning, and love a good routine that doesn’t get interrupted. Change for me hasn’t been easy; though over the last year this is an area the Lord has been stretching me. There are times when change is necessary—and often vital—to our advancing. If we constantly stayed in the same place—physically, spiritually, emotionally, or intellectually—we’d become stagnant and cease to develop and grow. God calls us to be people who are willing to let Him change our plans. I’ve discovered it’s far easier to embrace that as soon as He begins, rather than to resist and be a late adopter.
We announced last week that we have two staff couples who are allowing God to change their plans. Not only does that show their sensitivity to the Lord, and boldness to step forward as He directs them, but there’s subsequent rippling effects those decisions have on each of us, which presses the need to be ready to change our plans as well…and that’s ok. The fact is that God has great things to do in you and me individually, and in all of us corporately. This new season will allow everyone involved to grow and develop in ways that wouldn’t happen if things just stayed the same. So we change, and in so doing, we open ourselves to fresh and new blessings from the Lord.
Throughout the Bible we see people whose lives advance as they allow God to change their plans. One couple in particular I think of is Joseph and Mary. Can you imagine what would have happened if when Mary had been approached by the angel she said, “Sorry, but that doesn’t fit my plans”? Or if Joseph had been unwilling to take the steps to protect, lead, and provide for this new, Holy Spirit-conceived trio. Each of those things could have resulted in God’s ultimate plan not being realized through the lives of these individuals. I’m presuming you’re hearing what I’m saying in that God’s plans would have been worked out regardless, but whether or not Joseph and Mary participated in what God intended was up to them. Thankfully, they stepped in and answered the call set before them—Mary with the words, “Let it be to me according to your word”, and of Joseph it says he, “did as the angel of the Lord commanded Him.” They were able, as a result, to participate in God’s plan of salvation being set in motion for the lives of all humankind.
I can’t imagine those days were always easy for them. Change is hard, and sometimes it can really interrupt your plans. But we will never advance into what God intends for us if we’re resistant to the things He wants to do. So we actually have the ability to decide if we’ll partner with God in what He’s doing or allow Him to bypass us for the sake of what might seem like our own convenience or preference. The important thing is to focus our hearts on Jesus—who doesn’t change—and allow Him to direct us in all things.
I’m so thankful that we’ve developed a culture at TCOTWSC that allows for people to freely follow God’s call on their lives, and allows for God to change their plans. May we all always remain flexible to His calling, and sensitive to His voice directing our steps—and what we’ll see is that the days ahead will be even more hope-filled than those we’ve already lived.
Let’s move forward together.